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A Texas mother who was thought to be missing with her 1-year-old son was arrested Tuesday on child abandonment charges after authorities say they found a bloodstained crib sheet in her home, with still no sign of her young child.
D’Lanny Chairez, 20, and her son James were last seen together in security footage captured at a San Antonio Walgreens on Jan. 4. The next sighting of Chairez occurred on Feb. 24 at a local bus stop, but her son was not with her, according to an arrest affidavit in the case obtained by local news station KENS-5
After being reported missing by concerned family members, police searched Chairez’s home, where they found a bloodstained sheet meant for a toddler’s crib, along with numerous toys, diapers and other items apparently belonging to her son, according to the affidavit. Police put out a Twitter post on March 11 asking for the public’s help in locating Chairez and her son. And on Saturday, a team of 50 police cadets, officers and K-9 search teams scoured a San Antonio park after receiving “credible information” that Chairez and her son were there, according to a media release by the San Antonio Police Department.
Chairez was found and arrested on Tuesday. Her son remains missing, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Chairez refused to answer officers’ questions about the whereabouts of her son, but said that she wasn’t ready to be a mother and that he “deserves better,” according to the affidavit. Previously, she allegedly told a family member that she’d given her son up for adoption, but gave inconsistent answers about who was taking care of him, according to the court documents.
Marisol Gomez, Chairez’ aunt, said that she doesn’t think Chairez’s toddler is still alive, according to an interview tweeted by KENS 5 reporter Mariah Medina.
“Her actions right now are speaking very loud. As hard as it is, I don’t think [he is alive]. Everything she’s said so far is a lie,” Gomez said.
Chairez has been charged with felony child abandonment, according to online inmate records. She’s being held on $250,000 bond.
It’s unclear if she has an attorney who can comment on her behalf.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact San Antonio police at (210) 207-7660.
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